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  • Guatemala is located in Central America, bordered by Mexico, Belize, the Caribbean, Honduras, El Salvador and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Though the main language spoken in Guatemala today is Spanish, there are 21 other Mayan dialects spoken in Guatemala.

  • Home to 14 million people, it is the second most populated country in South and Central America.

  • UNICEF estimates that there are over 370,000 orphans in Guatemala.

Esmeralda, 5

Country: Guatemala

Orphanage: House of Hope Zacapa

Esmeralda is in preschool and loves to play! She is a little shy at first, but very lovable once she warms up to you!

Interested in Parent Partnering Esmeralda? Contact us!



Houses of Hope is an international nonprofit orphan care organization with orphanages in 5 different countries. Guatemala was the first country where Houses of Hope International began rescuing and caring for orphans and the Home in Zacapa is run by Greg and Sarita Miller. Over the last 20 years HOH Zacapa has established 6 children’s homes, 8 missionary apartments, a full-time community center, and most recently a new volunteer team house. To learn more about them, visit their website by clicking the logo above!